There is much more to mulch than what meets the eye. Adding mulch to your yard is an essential part of gardening and landscaping. Not only does this rough, earthy compound bring character to your environment, but it also has a slew of other benefits that can really bolster your property’s overall wellbeing.
What Are the Benefits of Adding Mulch to My Yard?
Mulch is an invaluable asset in properly maintaining your yard year-round and can provide a range of benefits.
1. Protect Plant Roots Year Round
One of the best things about mulch is the protection it provides plant roots. The roots of every plant are the primary means through which vegetation acquires the energy and resources they need to thrive in your yard. When plants are left unprotected, their delicate root system can be at risk of being compromised by harsh, or fluctuating weather conditions.
Mulch acts as a protective barrier between the natural elements and the roots of your plants. An adequate layer of mulch can act as a great form of insulation in the wintertime, protecting your plants from possible frost damage and sunscald. During the warm summer months, mulch can help your topsoil retain moisture as well as keep plant roots cool.
Mulching is especially important for newly planted vegetation that will require extra protection while their root system becomes established.
2. Prevent Soil Erosion
Soil erosion is the movement of soil from one location to another, usually caused by watering, rain, wind, and other such environmental factors. This can lead to excessive mud, water pooling, root exposure, and other damaging effects.
Your topsoil, which is the most nutrient-rich dirt to grow with, is most likely to be affected by erosion. This is why preventing soil erosion is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, lush, and beautiful landscape. Not only will topsoil stay where it needs to be, but your landscape will require upkeep, look more well-manicured, and your plants will thrive.
Bare earth is more susceptible to wind and rain-induced erosion, therefore finding suitable covering strategies will assist in retaining the landscape’s appearance and health. Keeping vulnerable areas of soil covered with a mulch compound is one of the most effective methods of preventing erosion.
It’s best to cover bare patches of soil around your plants with one to two inches of mulch. This will help keep topsoil in its place while feeding optimal amounts of water to plant roots beneath the surface.
3. Improve Soil Health
Organic mulches such as wood chips, naturally break down adding nutrient-rich organic matter back into the soil and contributing to its health. This means over time as you continue to add natural mulch to your yard, the soil health and fertility will improve, strengthening plants and encouraging optimal health and vitality.
4. Conserves Water
While mulch is effective in soil health, it also makes for a great water-conserving tool. Keeping your garden soil moist is essential to keeping vegetation happy, healthy, and hydrated. An effective layer of mulch plays a large part in slowing down how fast moisture evaporates and ensures more water remains in the soil.
This water conservation allows the soil to stay moist for longer periods of time and reduces the amount of time you need to spend watering.
5. Reduces Weeds
Weeds are probably one of the most common, and time-consuming issues in a lush and fertile environment. Not only do they compromise the condition and health of your plants by stealing their nutrients, but they also make your yard less visually appealing, and even attract unwanted pests.
Mulch is an effective and natural way to prevent weeds from sprouting up and taking over your property. A one to two-inch layer will block their access to sunlight and inhibit their growth significantly.
Mulching offers a logical and straightforward solution to controlling and managing the growth, spread, and impact of weeds allowing your landscape to thrive.
6. Adds Color & Visual Interest
Mulch not only provides a layer of protection to your garden but can also significantly improve its appearance by adding unique colors and textures. Organic mulches such as bark and wood chips smell fresh and inviting, and provide natural color blocks to a space, softening the edges of paths and flower beds.
Adding mulch offers you yet another way to create a landscape that is visually interesting, and as unique as you are. There’s a large variety of natural mulch types available in different shapes, smells, and colors. So you can choose what best suits the look and feel of your ideal outdoor space.
7. Prevents Compaction
Landscaping compaction is an issue that leads to poor drainage in your garden, which can result in a muddy or flooded soil bed. This can cause the ground to harden and lead to root suffocation, preventing the proper circulation of air and water throughout the delicate root system.
Mulch is effective in minimizing compaction by creating a natural filtration system between the ground surface and the soil, allowing for better water flow and healthier growing conditions.
Atlas Tree Knows Mulch Does Matter!
If you’re looking to reduce yard maintenance while also improving the health and beauty of the plants in your outdoor space, mulch is your answer. Landscape upkeep is extremely important, but sprucing up your environment should also be fun and fulfilling. Mulches are a simple and fast solution to beautifying your property while also improving the health of your soil and plants.
When looking to harness the power of mulch in your landscape, it’s best to consult with a professional. The experts at Atlas Tree have the experience, education, and equipment to help design, install, and maintain the landscape surrounding your home or business property.